Several citizens have alerted South Simcoe Police that they have been contacted through their personal computers or via home and/or cell phone by suspects claiming to act on behalf of a government agency or credit company.
The suspects say the victim owes money for taxes or outstanding credit card purchases that needs to be paid to avoid a significant penalty. The victim is asked to buy Google Play Gift Cards, usually in the amount of $500.00. The victim is told to scratch the back of the card to reveal the code which is then provided to the suspect. Once this has been done, the value of the card is redeemed by the suspect who cuts off communication with the victim or will sometimes ask the victim to repeat this process to gain further funds.
Police say once the card code is provided to the suspects, Google Play will not provide a refund or any form of compensation to the victim.
The phone numbers and employee names provided by the suspects are not the real deal.
Police want you to know that government agencies and credit card companies will never ask for gift cards as payment. If you are a victim of this scam, alert police. If you receive such a call, hang up. If you receive a text or email of this nature, delete it.
More information from South Simcoe Police: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/9057338?hl=en